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Jan 2, 2013 12:00pm EST
, and became a member of the house in 1983. he became a member of the united states senate in 1987. he has served with great distinction in both houses of congress, serving his state of nevada. and today is the highest-ranking democrat in the united states senate serving as its majority leader. i would dare say, mr. president, that you and i will probably not really know anything about the town of searchlight, nevada, were it not for harry reid. harry reid has told us so many stories of his youth and his background in that tiny town and what brought him to this station in life today. i almost feel if there were a town or high school reunion i could attend it with harry and look around and recognize a lot of people there, because i've certainly heard stories about his youth and the people that had a dramatic impact on his life from the time that he was growing up in searchlight, neff. we know he came from modest circumstances. his family grew raised him in a very small home without indoor plumbing. he attended a two-room elementary school in searchlight, nevada. as a child, senator reid's f
Dec 31, 2012 10:45am EST
in a row -- in the united states senate we haven't passed a budget. we spent $3.5 trillion of american taxpayer money every single year and for three consecutive years we have not had a budget. and the majority leader and the chairman of the budget committee, others on the other side have said we passed a budget control act in august of 2011, and that sort of serves as our budget. frankly, mr. president, that isn't the case. the law requires us to pass a budget. we have a budget act enacted back in the 1970's that requires the congress on an annual basis to lay out a plan for how we're going to spend the american taxpayers' money. and the reason we ended up with a budget control act back in august of 2011 is because we failed to pass a budget earlier in the year. three consecutive years in the united states senate we've not passed a budget. that isn't to say that our colleagues on the other side of the capitol, the house of representatives, haven't acted responsibly. you may disagree with how they did it, but at least they did it. they passed a budget. and the senate, of course, has no
Dec 30, 2012 4:35am EST
, not members of the united states house of representatives, members of the united states senate, and the speaker of the united states house of representatives. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, the honorable john boehner. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the united states capitol. i want to say how much i appreciate you all be near. on behalf of my colleagues in the united states congress, i will ask that you all join me in a moment of silence in tribute to ambassador stevens and the united states personnel who were killed in libya at this morning. thank you. since the days of the american revolution, congress has commissioned gold medals as the highest expression of appreciation for distinguished achievements. the first recipient was general george washington in march of 1776. today, we will present a congressional gold medal to arnold palmer of the commonwealth of pennsylvania. those of you who participate in these events regularly may notice the stage is set up a little differently than usual. we thought it would be more fitting to do so on this side of the rotun
Jan 2, 2013 5:00pm EST
seeking peace freedom and economic prosperity. and the united states senate should and will be at the forefront of this advancement. may we seek each day from god our creator the wisdom and the will to do our best in the governance of our country. and may god continue to bless the united states of america. about why i said so many times since i came to the senate that my greatest legacy will be the work of our staff. .. when i served if they write so platoon and company commander in the marine corps. when we were in training to go to vietnam, we got a lecture from a battle hardened the connector know who would fight as an unlisted marine and world war ii platoon commander in korea and the tank commander in vietnam. one of the things he said to us is unique area sidearm come out for defect is still, an m-16 rifle, but a marine officer is only successful if he fights with his marines. and it's the same concept appeared. you are no better as a leader than the people you lead. we worked hard on our staff for six years to
Dec 29, 2012 7:00am EST
of the united states senate, the hon. mitch mcconnell. [applause] >> over the years, we recognized many remarkable men and women in this place of honor. all of them extraordinary. it would be foolish to make comparisons among them. for me at least, today's ceremony was particularly meaningful. i first came to know the woman we honor today two decades ago. and told the story of her struggle. and to make that cause -- it was impossible not to be moved by her quiet resolve, her hidden, luminous heroism and it is impossible today all these years later not to be moved by the fatah that this most unlikely of revolutionaries may yet witness the deepest longings of her heart. representative, democratic system in which the people of burma are able to fully enjoy their god-given rights. it is in this hope that we stand today with the people of burma and with aung san suu kyi knowing that whatever the future holds, she will fight unflinchingly to the end. in this place surrounded by the statues of our own national heroes and equality, we draw inspiration from this courageous woman from a distant l
Dec 26, 2012 9:00pm PST
. >>> the state of hawaii has itself a brand new united states senator elect. a little more than a week ago daniel inouye passed away outside of washington at the age of 88. his passing immediately kicked off a process to replace him in hawaii, and it is a process that's kind of unique to hawaii. hawaii's governor neil abercrombie was provided with a list of three potential replacements for senator inouye. the three they put together included the state's current lieutenant governor. the governor got to choose among those thee and tonight he announced his decision. >> i have informed the leadership of the united states senate with senator reid, the majority of the united states senate brian schatz will be the next senator from hawaii. >> brian schatz, governor abercrombie chose his own lieutenant governor to be the state's next senator. he's a former chairman of the presidential party. this appointment is not without controversy. senator daniel inouye's last request is that he be replaced by colleen hannabussa. tonight the senator's office releases this statement. he conveyed his final wish to sena
Dec 29, 2012 6:00am EST
of the united states senate as envisioned by our founding fathers. i also want to point out, i think that senator rudman -- senator levin described very well bringing up legislation and all of that with the hand out here. but i also want to point out that the practices of the senate have been abused. senators now can call from their home state and stop progress on the floor of the senate. that cannot happen anymore. that cannot happen. if a senator was to block legislation, he or she should go to the floor of the senate and be there for that objection. and if there is no one on the floor to object and the senate is in session, the president of the senate should say, i move the bill. call for a vote. that is the way the senate is supposed to function. and it is not any more. so, we are not only proposing this standing order, which brings about two different options that the majority leader, in agreement with the minority leader, could implement, but we are also destroying the practices of the -- also restoring the practices of the senate that are the rules of the senate -- restoring t
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Dec 28, 2012 1:00am PST
of the united states senate. we don't even know what the united states senators stand for in terms of the budget debate. the same thing on taxes. the house actually passed a lot of people don't know that earlier this year the house passed a bill to extend all of the bush era tax cuts for another year until resolve the issue. the senate again didn't act on that. the grave yard of the items are the united states senate. the other thing interesting harry reid said the president has his door open to any negotiating in any kind of deal that the republicans may offer. they put revenues on the table which a lot of conservatives weren't happy with. now, talking about raising tax rates and the president still has not to this day, five or six weeks after election he has still not, laura, put a inning single major item on the table. that is the problem. >> laura: you can respond to stephen. true that john boehner didn't help with the plan bfiasco. stephen is right, isn't he not about harry reid, the idea that he is leading is farcicle. >> they did pass legislation to ensure that taxes wouldn't go up on any
Dec 30, 2012 9:00am PST
if at this point the united states senate cannot do what it's designed to do and that is to build consensus but secondly that the overall congress failed miserably in the final days to prevent a tax increase on middle income america and again could create some unforeseen consequences by virtue of the reactions that could occur not only in our own markets but global markets because we cannot get together and solve the problems for this country. >> senator, let me broaden that out a little bit. you are leaving the senate, you only have a couple days left actually, and your last vote well be on what has been an incredibly contentious but important issue. we are talking about tax hikes for anyone that basically gets a paycheck. if it is this difficult to dos this on something everybody says we can't raise taxes on the middle class, everybody says that, republicans and democrats, this difficult to come to an agreement what does that say about the future of immigration reform? what does that say about the future of anything that might be done about increased violence in schools or elsewhere? what
Jan 2, 2013 6:00am EST
helped to negotiate, working with the republican and democratic leaders in the united states senate. it was a remarkable accomplishment because, as we all know, although we share the same goals we sometimes have different paths to achieving them. reconciling our differences was a monumental task, especially with the time growing short. so we appreciate the leadership of the vice president. we appreciate the leadership of republican and democratic leaders in the senate, and we thank speaker boehner for bringing this legislation to the floor. public we can duplicate a strong bipartisan vote that was achieved in the united states senate. why is that important? because the american people told us in the election that they wanted us to work together. they have their differences, too. they understand this agreement. they also understand compromise. that is what this legislation represents. the previous speaker said he was voting for the bill for what was not in it. that is an interesting approach. we can judge be legislation we vote on for what is in it, or vote against it for what is not
Jan 1, 2013 2:00pm EST
of the united states senate last night. if i'm not mistaken, the final vote was 89-8, which was a significant bipartisan vote. it was a moment of high emotion in the senate for several reasons. first, on a personal level, many of our colleagues were casting their final vote as united states senators, those who were leaving the senate gathered in the well here, and we wished them the best. but it was also a moment of high emotion because i can't think of another vote in recent time that the american people followed so closely. i couldn't sit down on an airplane or in restaurant in chicago without having somebody come up to me and say, what's going to happen in they were very concerned, as they should have been, because the so-called fiscal cliff is a threat to our economic recovery and one that i believe finally mobilized on a bipartisan basis the majority necessary to pass this measure in the senate. the president showed extraordinary leadership on this matter. i know that he was personally invested in it, thought about it long and hard, left his family vacation, which he looks forward to and
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Jan 1, 2013 12:00pm PST
the senate -- well, i guess it was early this morning, the united states senate voted in an uncharacteristically in a very bipartisan way 89 votes in favor of the compromise legislation. that was historic. that legislation was sent over to the house. up until now our speaker has said when the senate acts we will have a vote in the house. that is what he said. that is what we expect. that is what the american people deserve. so we look forward now as we go forward in this day to see what the timing will be for a straight up or down vote on what passed 89-8 last night in the united states senate. today we had the privilege, as our chairman has said, from hearing from the vice president. he talked about what's in the legislation and what lies ahead and difficult negotiations as we go forward. we had a frank, as you said, mr. chairman, a frank discussion in that regard. our members after thoughtful dlir bracings and review are continuing to review the legislation weighing the pros and cons and weighing the equities of not going over the cliff, but we are all very eager to
Dec 27, 2012 10:30pm PST
the husband of united states senator and former mayor dianne feinstein, mr. richard bloom. the wife of former mayor gina mos coney and the wife of former mayor joe alliteo, catherine. the sister of former mayor george christopher. the board board and the rest of the city family who has made this event possible. we are also honored to be joined by several giants dignitaries. president and ceo larry baer and his wife sam. [cheers and applause] . giants vice president and general manager brian saibian and his wife amanda. [cheers and applause] the wife of the skipper mrs. kim bochy. and let us now welcome distinguished members of the giants ownership group, charles johnson, david jenkins, trina and rob veen, tory and steven humphrey and allen baer. and we also joined by past giants owners. please welcome the family jamie and kim rupert and peter stoneum. also here with us today bob and connie laurie. peter and debbie mc clawlin. bill and sally newco. and now let's give it up for your giants training staff. david, mark and carl, and harold. [cheers and applause] [inaudible] your assista
Jan 1, 2013 5:30pm PST
the timing will be for a straight up-or-down vote on what passed 89-8 last night in the united states senate. >> woodruff: house republicans also met and gave no sign they were ready to call a vote on the senate bill. instead majority leader eric cantor said he won't support the measure. and others left open the possibility of changing the bill. and sending it back to the senate. >> woodruff: the story at this hour still unfolding at the house but all signs are pointing to a vote on the senate compromise later tonight. we get an update now froms in regular todd zwillich. he's washington correspondent for the take-away, public radio international. he was there for the senate vote until nearly dawn today. so, todd, it looks like another long night for you and the other members of the press, members of the house, of the congress. where does everything stand right now? >> well, judy, house republicans met about an hour, ur-and-half ago. they just had been on the house floor. now that vote was not notable except it was a whip session. here's what house republican leaders have told their rank-and-
Jan 2, 2013 1:00am EST
, with the united states senate, was known as what? the connecticut compromise, or the great compromise. that is the very basis of our founders. too often we forget that while we should never, we should never compromise our principles, we must always, mr. speaker, we must always be prepared to compromise in the service of our principles. a couple weeks ago, "the economist" described another example of compromise -- this one that justice brandeis described as "one of the laboratories of democracy." the state of georgia. conservative republican governor, are former house colleague, and the liberal mayor of atlanta, are clearly at opposite ends of the political spectrum. yet they have managed to bridge the divide with a commitment to results. mr. speaker, together they have achieved significant gains for the good of georgia. mr. speaker, congress and the white house are perfectly capable of following that same model for the good of our country. americans may be politically divided, but they are united in their desire to see their leaders in washington achieve results. mr. speaker, we know
Dec 26, 2012 6:00pm PST
have informed the leadership of the united states senate with senator reid, the majority of the united states senate brian schatz will be the next senator from hawaii. >> brian schatz, governor abercrombie chose his own lieutenant governor to be the state's next senator. he's a former chairman of the presidential party. this appointment is not without controversy. senator daniel inouye's last request is that he be replaced by colleen hannabussa. tonight the senator's office releases this statement. he conveyed his final wish to senator abercrombie. we're disappointed it was not honored, it was the governor's decision to make. brian schatz will leave hawaii tonight with president obama aboard air force one, in order to be sworn in tomorrow evening in washington. yes, brian schatz has been promoted. share everything. share brotherly love. share one up's. mom ? mom ? the share everything plan. lets your family share a pool of data across 10 devices with unlimited talk and text. now get a lucid by lg, free. discuss remember the whole susan rice fiasco a few weeks ago. we spent weeks arguin
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Jan 1, 2013 7:00pm PST
on capitol hill after that wide bipartisan vote in the united states senate we instantly heard grumblings this morning from house republicans who said they wanted to take time to read the bill. after they read the bill they did not like what they saw. they said where are the spending cuts. raise taxes $41 for are every dollar or so that we are going to save money. that didn't add up for them and so house republican leadership spent a whole lot of time today, two different meetings behind closed doors with the rank and file allowing the rank and file to vent about the deal and talk about a way toward. they talked about the possibility of doing an amendment eceptionly to try -- essentially to try to tack on spending cuts on to the existing bill and then send it back to the united states senate. senate democrats threatened to eceptionly leave that sitting on the desk to not touch it and then ultimately to blame the house republicans for punting on a deal that got a huge bipartisan vote in the senate and blaming them for the hugest tax hike in american history. a lot of republican leaders beh
Dec 30, 2012 1:00pm EST
in the housing market than any senator in the united states senate and always speaks with eloquence and balance. and i just want to second what he said. i've spent a lot of time with the nominee, carol galante. she is technically very proficient. mr. president, just over the last two weeks, she has put in place reforms that are very, very strong. they're just a start and i know that a lot more needs to happen at f.h.a. but she's put in place some very significant reforms. one of the things that i know we've been losing billions of dollars with at f.h.a. -- and i think seniors have been taken advantage of -- is something called a full draw, fixed rate reverse mortgage. i think you've seen the advertisements on tv.
Dec 27, 2012 7:00am PST
from san jose. ktvu. >> we are less than a week from the fiscal cliff. the united states senate convening right now. we want to show you a live if picture. there it is. that's the senate majority leader. the senators are right now meeting to discuss the economic deadline and coming up at 7:15 we will have more on the fiscal cliff negotiations and how we are closing in on another financial barrier, that debt ceiling. >> let's go to tara filling in for sal. there is another accident in napa. >> we have a two car crash on napa road. that person is trapped inside of the car. chp working to get them out as well as police. we have another incident we want to mention. 880 northbound at 92 split. a solo spin out. it's close to traffic so they are running a break. here is a look at maps where 680 southbound, actually we will go to 101 in san francisco. you can see we have traffic flowing nicely in both directions. finally a look at maze. you can see traffic also flowing very well there on the far right hand side of the screen. let's check in with mark. >> good morning to you. we are t
Dec 30, 2012 10:30am EST
for the institution of the united states senate as well as a profound sense of gratitude. as i prepared to conclude my 18 years in the senate and my nearly 40 years in elected office on behalf of the people of maine. madam president, it has been difficult to envision the day when i would be saying farewell to the senate. just as it was impossible to imagine that i would one day become a united states senator as i was growing up in maine. such is the miracle of america that a young girl of a greek immigrant and a first-generation american who was orphaned at the age of nine could be elected to serve in the greatest deliberative body the world has ever known and become the third longest serving woman in the history of the united states senate. in contemplating how to begin my remarks today, i am reminded of the words of the renowned pellett -- poet, ralph waldo emerson. give thanks continuously. because all things that contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. that perfectly encapsulates how i am feeling on this day, madam president -- thing fall and last. i first
Jan 1, 2013 5:00pm EST
as a united states senators. we wish them the best. it was also a vote of high emotion because i cannot think of another vote in recent time the american people followed so closely. i cannot think of a time i have been on an airplane or a restaurant without somebody coming up to me in asking what was going to happen. they were concerned, as they should have been. this has finally mobilized on a bipartisan basis a majority to pass this measure in the senate. the president has shown extraordinary leadership on this. he thought about a long and hard, left his family vacation to come back to washington and try to put together a solution to this fiscal crisis. he was successful in the senate, and i hope he will be in the house as well. he had the able efforts of his vice president joe biden as well to help temper -- help him. last night, joe biden came to his home, the united states senate, where he served for 36 years, and spoke to democrats about the importance of this vote. it was almost an hour and a half on new year's eve, almost surreal, as we gathered for this important vote. for an hour an
Dec 29, 2012 10:00am EST
in times of crisis -- a former senate staffer recount the successes of the united states senate during the 1960's and '70's. a neurologist oliver sacks examines the causes of
Jan 1, 2013 5:30am PST
in its most polluted cities. the united states senate has passed a temporary bill aimed at preventing a financial crisis. the vote came after the midnight deadline on new year's eve to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. spending cuts and tax hikes has of been delayed until march. but it still has to be approved by the house of representatives. >> this is the man who seems to have made all the difference. vice president joe biden came in the 11th hour to broker an agreement. but the deal comes at the december 31 deadline. for now, the u.s. is over the fiscal cliff. it has passed its first test in the senate with overwhelming support. >> of the house stands adjourned until noon tomorrow. >> but the key test to the agreement is whether it can pass here, the republican-controlled house of representatives. early on monday, president obama surrounded himself with middle- class families to make the point that it would be average americans who would be hardest hit by a failure to compromise. >> the agreement being worked on right now would further reduce the deficit by asking the wealthiest 2%
Dec 27, 2012 6:00pm EST
returned to the white house and the united states senate is back in session. the house will reconvene by sunday evening. >> there is still time and it depends on how complicated the fiction it. >> reporter: the sticking point continues to be taxes. democrats want to extend the tax cuts to everybody but those americans making $250,000 or more a year. republicans remain against any tax increases. the debate is park sparking a high stakes match. >> the speaker cares more about his speaker ship than helping the nation. >> nobody is willing to pull the trigger. everybody wants to play the blame game. it's about to put us over the edge. >> reporter: and that's just where the economy may go. some say a situation could be allowing tax increases to tack effect on january 1st and then on the third when the new congress is sworn in, lawmakers can vote to cut taxes. >> the new year brings another deadline for homeowners. december 3rd 1 the last day toa play for the homestead tax credit. the credit is supposed to put a limit on an increase in property taxes if the home's assessment value jumps
Jan 1, 2013 6:00pm EST
liberal members to the most conservative members of the united states senate. joined forces for the good of the country. and here in the house you will have the republican speaker refusing to allow us to have an up or down vote on the compromise. is it everything you want? no. some of us would consider it as a holds your -- hold your noes vote. if this is the best that you can do for the last day of congress, let's get it done. it will be much more helpful than harmful to get this done. >> reporter: support for this bill does not fall strictly on partisan lines by the way. our colleague is here as we just spoke to another house democrat who does not support this bill. gary? >> james moran of virginia home to 65,000 employees in that district says they will offer about $8 billion in the defense cuts, $6 billion in the non- defense cuts if you go through it all. and he said that he is upset that the bill passed by democrats and the republicans in the senate. and essentially gives away the democrats and their bargaining power by taking revenue and insisting three times for the next three mo
Dec 30, 2012 6:00am EST
palmer. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the majority leader of the united states senate, the honorable harry reid. [applause] >> as an 18 or 19-year-old young man, i came to the realization i was not going to be the athlete of my dreams. i was not big enough, fast enough, or good enough. but i still have those dreams. i get up every morning, with all the things the we do here, unemployment, energy problems -- when i get up in the morning, i get "the new york times," and the first place i go is the sports page. for a few minutes every morning, i dream of the athlete that i wanted to be. [laughter] and as i have dreamed over the decades, i thought, wouldn't it be great to be able to meet a babe ruth or lou gehrig? or maybe a rocky marciano? joe frazier? but today, i have been able to meet two of the people i have dreamed about going down to that 18th hole. with a good put, i can win this thing. this is a personal privilege for me to be able to meet the great jack nicklaus and to be here to help honor the great arnold palmer. we know that arnold palmer has played on the fin
Dec 27, 2012 7:00am PST
hearing? >> well, what i'm hearing is exactly what he just said on the floor of the united states senate, which is our common ground as a nation is to extend tax cuts for everyone with the threshold income of 200,000. that means tax cut extensions up to 250,000, so the vast majority of americans see a benefit. keeping faith with the middle class of america is common ground among democrats and republicans. what is needed now is a compromise that permits the house to go forward. >> so, senator, is senator harry reid working on a different possibility, a different bill than what was just mentioned, the 250,000 that you were also reiterating? >> the majority leader will have to speak for himself on what his negotiations are, but i think from where the end game is in the short term, avoiding the fiscal cliff, everybody agrees has to happen. let's put aside the brings manship and gamesmanship that seems to prevail in the house of representatives, and give the house a vote. they should be here right now. we're all here in the senate. why isn't the house here? >> what are you seeing, just return
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Jan 1, 2013 4:00pm PST
that this deal in the united states senate got 89 vote, which is very difficult to do and has polarized washington environment. vice president joe biden also up here today making a second trip to capitol hill in less than 24 hours. his messages house democratics, we need you to get behind the deal that he had negotiated bottom line, house democrats are essentially saying it's time to move forward. >> vice president biden has worked very hard to come to a compromise. by definition, a compromise has elements in it that each party does not like. but by definition, it has things in it that each party should like. so essentially what the house democrats are saying this got 89 votes in the united states senate. huge bipartisan support. it should be voted on as is, rick. >> rick: all of this happens, mike, as we are about ready to close the book on this congress, right? >> that's right. we are less than 48 hours from a new congress being sworn in. so the clock is clearly ticking. there is also the concern about how the worldwide markets will react to this uncertainty. so that is why some house
Dec 30, 2012 2:00pm PST
of the united states senate and the founding you fathers designed it to be able to create a consensus and reach accommodation across the aisle. to put the country's interest first. a sad truth in terms of where we stand today in terms of our inability to get together and even the most routine let alone the magnitude of the issues we are attempting to address today and will have to address tomorrow. so i'm saddened by it, because i see, you know, the possibilities of what we could accomplish if we were working together and across the political aisle that's what i have done throughout my 34 years. that was part of the decision i made in departing the united states senate, not because i don't love it but because i do, i want to speak out on the outside and encourage people to do everything they can to make elected officials accountable in realtime to do their jobs. we shouldn't be in this fiscal cliff today. we shouldn't have had sequestration and automatic cuts. we shouldn't have had the debt controlling debackle. all that was manufactured by the united states congress. and so i'm sanded by where
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Dec 28, 2012 6:00pm PST
. the united states senate has not passed a spending bill in over 13 hyundais, over three years and the president, harry reid, they are all blaming republicans. where is the blame in the intellectual honesty in your party to say this is reckless, irresponsible, on the democrats part? do you acknowledge that? >> sean, i think for the first time tonight they are moving in the right direction. they are talking. there is progress. here is my take. i think that speaker boehner wants a deal. i think mitch mcconnell wants a deal. so does harry reid. and so does the president. i think the problem lies with the tea party republicans in the house. that is the problem. i think it makes no sense to assign blame right now. i think the next 24 hours are critical. i worry about the automatic defense cuts. medicare, people vulnerable problems but i think there is a genuine effort by these leaders right now especially mcconnell and harry reid to get a bill to the senate floor that you mentioned that moves us in the right direction. maybe short-term and then in a few days later after the new year
Dec 27, 2012 12:00pm EST
of the united states. this in fact is the law. we can change the law. and senator wyden had something to do with section 704. he did in fact change the law to put additional privacy protections in, and those privacy protections are up for reauthorization in this bill. i'd like to address myself, if i could, to what senator merkley said in his comments. i listened carefully, and what he was saying was opinions of the foreign intelligence surveillance court should in some way, shape or form be made public, just as opinions of the supreme court or any court are made available to the public. and to a great extent i find myself in agreement with that. they should be. why can't they be? because they mix the law and the particular circumstances, are mixed together in the opinion. and so the particular circumstances are possibly classified. they may be names, they may be -- who knows what they are, but certainly the opinion can either be written in a certain way for public release or the attorney general can be required to prepare a summary of what that opinion said for release to the public. there
Jan 1, 2013 1:00am EST
am the first united states senator i ever knew. [laughter] it was literally true until i ran. other than my opponent, i am the first united states senator i knew in my family. it is a typical american story. people say to me now and i wonder now, what ever gave you the courage as a 29-year-old kid to announce to the united states senate against a man who had an 82% favorable rating, in the year where we knew it would be tough, senator mcgovern knew it would be tough, it was solidly red, overwhelmingly republican, but gave you the courage to run? some thought that made you so foolhardy. the answer is your father. i did not know him but i believed i could maybe go help him and the war. i honestly believed it. tĂșt an incredible privilege i was to serve with him. i remember what frank church, i was on the foreign relations committee, the young kid on it.   serving with your dad. we got a notice that dr.    kissinger was coming to  an executive section, that meant we private section, before  have for 07 in the senate foreign relations with a big conference table. it look
Dec 31, 2012 7:00am EST
a bill in august over to the united states senate. going back to my time as a small business owner, i can just tell you if i had given something to one of the people i work with, marked it urgent and put it on their desk months ago and it sat month after month after month, something would be wrong. well, in essence, mr. speaker, that's exactly what we've done. we sent over to the united states senate months ago -- we sent something over to the united states senate months ago and marked it urgent. this is talking about the fiscal direction of our nation and yet nothing is coming back. unfortunately washington works on brinksmanship. we don't want brinksmanship. we want stability. the world is watching. and we need to if he cuss on the common ground to move things forward. we want to make sure we can keep tax rates low. we want to make sure we bring in revenue through the federal government. i believe that's going to be through growth. that's sparking that sburel spirit and bring more dollars into the federal treasury, get more people back to work. the thing that's major, mr. speaker, is th
Dec 25, 2012 10:00pm EST
-serving senator at his death in the united states senate. the story of joseph kennedy is the story of the man who spent his life moving back and forth from outsider to insider and back into outsider insider. story of an irish catholic who is not ashamed of his irish heritage, but refused to be defined by it. he was a third generation immigrant. his parents had been born in the united states. his grand parents had come here when they were young people. joseph kennedy cared little about the countries whose grandparents had been born in. he had no desire to visit ireland or read about it. he was 100% american. and he couldn't quite understand why anyone would think of him as less than 100% american. his anger was the catholic church growing up. being irish catholic in boston, he needed an anchor. he was born in east boston is kind of local royalty. everyone knew his mother's family and his father's family and his father was a well-known prominent awesome politician and very well respected businessman. joseph kennedy went to boston. he went out with the prettiest girl in boston who also happen to be
Dec 27, 2012 4:30am PST
of becoming a police officer. >>> the holiday vacation is over early for members of the united states senate and for president obama. he took the red eye from hawaii to washington overnight. senators will be busy working on a plan to avoid the "fiscal cliff" today. but house gop leaders say they will not return to washington unless the senate passes a bill. with no deal on the horizon, a new poll finds the gop gets the biggest share of the blame for the stalemate. >> both sides here have a problem with the american people and it's why congress has 11% job approval rating. >> even starbucks is getting itchy for an agreement. its employees are writing "come together" on coffee cups to encourage compromise. >>> hawaii's democratic governor will replace daniel inoue to represent the state of hawaii in washington, d.c. inouye died of respiratory complications last week. on the day he died, the late senator wrote to the governor asking for representative colleen hanabusa to replay him. she made it to the final round of considerations but didn't win that nomination. >>> former president george h.w.
Dec 27, 2012 7:00pm PST
will not seek and i will not accept my party's nomination for the united states senate seat. i could have gone home and run but now that i know who is run aring i know who is going to win. and i h tell you who is going to win coming up. copd makes it hard to breathe, but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator working together to help improve your lung function all day. advair won't replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms and should not be used more than twice a day. people with copd taking advair may have a higher chance of pneumonia. advair may increase your risk of osteoporosis and some eye problems. tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure before taking advair. if you're still having difficulty breathing, ask your doctor if including advair could help improve your lung function. get your first full prescription free and save on refills at
Dec 25, 2012 9:30pm PST
, senator franken and others have introduced bills in the united states senate to address precisely the questions that you are asking, governor, and we have supported them and we continue to look forward -- as a prosecutor i always want more tools. you know, i see a problem out there and i want to have the tools to fix it. we passed a hate crimes law in 2009 that enables us to work with local law enforcement in much more effective ways to combat hate crimes including but not limited to lgbt motivated violence. so we'd love to have more tools. but, you know, with the tools that we currently have, we're doing as much as we can and i think ruslyn's point about the uptick in the number of complaints we're both receiving, i'm not sure that necessarily reflects, as ruslyn correctly pointed out, that there's an uptick in violence. the doctrine of futility often resulted in less complaints being seen. i think there's a commitment in the federal level to doing our level best on these issues. >> tom, you talk about tools. ruslyn, what kind of tools, part of this is raising awareness, look
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